Portrait of the man behind Every Kid Knows. From his website:
John Turner Johnstone aka Johnstone aka Every Kid Knows is a Carlisle-born lad who finds himself living in the wrong universe – in London where he works and Den Haag where he has two daughters with his partner – two lives, two worlds, strange upsides. In London Johnstone has a regular group of collaborators including Gregg Braden (The Clang Group), Nigel Hoyle (Gay Dad) and in Den Haag he makes noises with Joeri Gordijn and Sebas Simeon. But that’s just the way life is these days – in pieces, fractured, digit, no borders.
“Jobs are finished; role playing has taken over; the job is a passé entity. The job belonged to the specialist. The kids know that they no longer live in a specialist world; you cannot have a goal today. You cannot say ‘I’m going to start here and I’m going to work for the next three years and I’m going to go all that distance’. EVERY KID KNOWS that within three years everything will have changed, including himself and the goal.” Marshall McLuhan, 1971
We don’t have lives with beginnings and endings. We don’t have jobs, careers or plans for the future.
I was born in the North of England but I don’t live there anymore. I need to get back. That’s why I love the sound of tape, 4-tracks, the wash of polaroids, sand in my shoes. Where were you born?
At school I was beaten by Jesuit priests. After that I went to College, worked in an off-licence where we kept a baseball bat behind the counter. I lived in the desert for a while. The iPod changed my life but a BMX is better. Sometimes I have panic attacks – really bad ones. Every school should teach human anatomy don’t you think?
We don’t want to make it. We want to un-make it. It’s not that I don’t like the internet I just don’t care enough about any of it.